Leopard - 2017
Hamish has sculpted a bronze Leopard and a Cheetah as an comparison study. Two of his signature subjects, Hamish has been studying these Big Cats for over twenty years and has an acute understanding of their anatomy and behaviour. They have evolved for different specialities - the Leopard is anatomically all about strength, and the Cheetah is all about speed. Leopard have an immensely high power to weight ratio, short bones and heavy muscle in comparison to the Cheetah's sinewy long leverage.
This bronze sculpture of a Leopard shows the muscularity of this magnificent animal. Evolved for stalking and power, it has a stocky build with short legs, allowing it to crouch close to the ground before leaping upon its prey for the kill.
Although available individually, the Cheetah and the Leopard are scaled to each other and so make a handsome pair of companion pieces for lovers of African wildlife.
THIS SCULPTURE IN THE MAKING
I’ve been lucky enough to have studied Leopard and Cheetah in the wild for many hours since 1996, both at the Lewa Wildlife Conservancy in Kenya and at Africat in Okonjima, Namibia. At Africat, I was able to get to know Wahoo, an orphaned hand-reared cub who was kept in a large fenced enclosure with a viewing hide. It was the perfect opportunity to observe this normally shy creature.